2013 Collaboration Ceresia Merlot Cabernet Franc

Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines, 2015 edition, Michael Cooper

5 stars

“The very elegant, Bordeaux-like 2013 vintage was hand-picked in Hawkes Bay from ‘ideal sites’, matured for 22 months in French oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Full and youthful in colour, it’s notably savoury and supple, full-bodied wine with concentrated, well-ripened blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, oak complexity and fine-grained tannins. Already delicious, it should be at it’s best from 2017 onwards.”

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